How to keep food safe if your power goes out during Hurricane Michael


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Hurricane Michael is currently barreling toward the Florida Panhandle and is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon. Power outages are a major risk, as the Category 4 hurricane is carrying sustained winds of nearly 150 mph.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties, said in a Monday press conference that Hurricane Michael is a “massive storm.”

“We haven’t seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades,” Scott said.

While it’s best to stock up on non-perishable items when preparing for a hurricane, people in affected areas are bound to have food in their refrigerators as well. Here are some suggestions from the US Department of Agriculture on how to protect the food in your fridge and freezer for as long as possible if you experience a power outage.

SEE ALSO: ‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Michael is a major Category 4 storm and could be one of the five strongest storms to ever hit the US. It will make landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast within hours.

SEE ALSO: Hurricane Michael could be the most destructive storm to hit Florida’s Panhandle in decades

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